Career Advice: Job Search & Interview Questions, Answered

Career Cooperatives_Career Advice Questions Answered: Interviewing and Job Hunt

You asked, we answered! In this round of job search and interview questions from our community we talk the benefits of summer job hunting, looking at total compensation packages, and resume summaries.

Is job hunting during the summer a waste of time?

Not at all! In fact, summer job seekers can reap the benefits of a season when people and companies can tend to slow down. With less people job seeking during the summer, you have a better chance of not getting lost in the black hole of mass resumes; and with more employees out of the office, you may encounter a more casual or lighter interview process. It’s also a great time to connect with your community for community conversations when people have more time to host you at their office or leave for a long lunch or coffee. 

Also, there are companies that end their fiscal year in June, which means starting July 1st new budgets are in place with opportunities for teams to add headcount. 

In a job offer, what is a compensation package vs. a salary?

When evaluating a job offer the compensation package is everything the company is offering you, which includes your base salary. It is really important to have a clear view of the total compensation package which can be unique to every company. Bonuses, stock options, 401k, health benefits, PTO, sick days, holidays off, commuter benefits, life insurance, wellness benefits (like money towards fitness classes or a gym membership), free meals, etc. all add up to your total package. Ask for all of this before making a decision, and if the person delivering the offer isn’t able to give you all of the details, ask to speak to someone in HR. 

The other piece to evaluating the compensation package puzzle is understanding what is important to you. Do you, or your family, need the company’s health insurance? Do you walk to work so commuter benefits don’t matter to you? Will catered lunch cut down your personal grocery bills? Remember, before you make you make a quick decision just based on salary, take a look at the whole package to truly evaluate what the total compensation will be at the end of the day.

Should my resume have a summary?

Summaries are a great way to make a statement about who you are as a candidate right off the bat in a resume. A summary can become a necessity when your past experience doesn’t match perfectly with the role you are applying for and can be used as a clarifying statement of what you are interested in. It is also a great way to sum up your experience when it is varied or plentiful and you want to make sure the reader immediately understands who you are! Positioned at the top of your resume, it’s some of the first language a recruiter/hiring manager will see, so make it count. Keep it clear and conscience, and make sure it makes sense for the role you are applying to. 

Got a burning job hunting or interview question? Send them directly to dana@careercooperative.com!